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Hollywood Said No!

Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show

by Bob Odenkirk Author · David Cross Author


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The creative geniuses behind HBO's classic sketch comedy Mr. Show are back with a collection of hilarious, never-before-seen scripts that may just have been too good for Hollywood.

It's hard to write a film. It's even harder to get that film made. So over the years, when Hollywood has said "No!" to actor-writer-comedians Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, the two have simply moved on to other projects and continued living their lives. But what if those scripts were actually hilarious? What if they deserved to see the light of day? What if Hollywood was just plain wrong?

Hollywood Said No! includes the full-length, never-before-seen scripts for Bob and David Make a Movie and Hooray for America! They are all presented in a more readable manner than standard film scripts, and Bob and David Make a Movie has been fleshed out with brand-new storyboards by acclaimed artist Mike Mitchell, all drawn exclusively for this book. And because Bob and David love you, the book even includes a bonus section of orphaned sketch ideas from the Mr. Show days, suitable for performance by church groups that aren't all "koo-koo" about religion.

Wait, there's still more! The book will also include a section of "constructive" notes written by a "studio executive." And last but not least (well, possibly least), Bob and David (and Brian Posehn) will provide a section of reminiscences to add context and backstory on what went right and what went wrong.

Will you shout "Yes!" where Hollywood screamed "No!"? It doesn't matter; nobody can hear you.

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Brian Posehn (Contributor)

Brian Posehn is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his roles in such television shows as Mission Hill, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Mr. Show. As a stand-up comedian, he has participated in numerous productions and group perfo...

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Bob Odenkirk (Author)

Bob Odenkirk has won two Emmy Awards for his work on Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show. He cocreated and starred in Mr. Show with Bob and David, which ran on HBO and has been called the American Monty Python. Odenkirk had a regular page...

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David Cross (Author)

David Cross, a stand-up comedian, has appeared on several television programs, including Mr. Show and Arrested Development. His book I Drink for a Reason was a New York Times bestseller. Though born in Atlanta, he is an avid Red Sox fan.

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Bob Odenkirk
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David Cross
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Paul F. Tompkins
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Mary Lynn Rajskub
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Scott Aukerman
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Scott Adsit
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